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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bird Struck! Parrots

Family Devotional

Day Fifteen
  
“Let my true messengers faithfully proclaim my every word.” Jeremiah 23:28

Author Diana Wells states that “tame parrots learn to speak with uncanny accuracy, and can even be taught to count.” They also can live for nearly a hundred years.

Parrots are usually sought for their ability to talk and entertain. They are often considered of no value if they keep silent. However, their silence does not mean that they don’t understand, and often the words they hear they will repeat much later, sometimes with embarrassing consequences.

The apostle Paul often admonishes new believers to watch what they say and how they act. Life with Jesus means following His example and His words rather than the culture around us.

It’s easy, and sometimes fun, to learn new slang and new ways of communication. But we too need to pay attention to the meaning behind words.

“Set your mind on things above,” Scripture says. We’re not to repeat random words like parrots, but instead to think about what we are saying and why.

Others may be listening or overhear us talking. If we are always speaking words of truth and hope and encouragement, then we can reflect and repeat Jesus’ character. People value others who speak honestly.


Action
1. Choose three or four of your favorite Bible stories. Write down what words best describe them.

2. Use those words whenever you can this week to encourage others.

3. Or use them to pray silently.


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